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Heidi M
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by Heidi M on January 10th, 2011

Maybe I'm extra sensitive to this but, it seems like there are more and more low flying planes flying these days. Even on weekends they start at 6:11am and go on all day. Besides waking me a clear hour before I have to get up, I think forward to a time when I'll be showing my home and there will be plane after plane flying by (not great for resale value). Anyone else find this annoying? Didn't seem this bad when I first bought here (Aug 2008).
 
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bullcreek
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by bullcreek on January 10th, 2011

The prevailing wind in Austin is from the Southeast. When the wind is from that direction, planes are descending for landing as they pass overhead of Mueller. While they're pretty low, the jets are throttled back, so they're not that loud. When we have a cold front and the wind shifts to the North, that's all reversed, and the planes are taking off as they pass overhead. They've got a bit more altitude, but the engines are at full throttle, so they sound much louder.
 
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by dhs on January 10th, 2011

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Anyone else find this annoying? Didn't seem this bad when I first bought here (Aug 2008).


The noise varies according to season, as noted by "bullcreek". But the exact flight paths vary as well, depending on which runway(s) is/are in use, weather conditions, flight destination and other factors. These may be causing more planes to fly directly over Mueller than in past years, even though we are not in the direct path from either of the two main runways at Bergstrom.

If you think we are getting more than our fair share of noise, you might try complaining to the city, since they own the airport.

Doug
 
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Kathleen Malcom
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by Kathleen Malcom on January 10th, 2011

Does anyone remember when Mueller was an active airport? The planes that were landing came in right over IH35 where Best Buy is and it felt like their wheels were going to hit the roof of your car as you passed underneath them. Now that was close AND loud!

When I lived in Windsor Park , I'd have to tell friends on the phone.... "Hang On, Got A Plane Coming"! Because I couldn't hear them talk, and they could actually hear the plane from their end of the phone!

The City has certainly dealt with airport noise issues before. Personally, I find the current sights & sounds of the planes unremarkable.
 
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Betsy
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by Betsy on January 10th, 2011

You're not kidding Kat... it was really bad in Hyde Park too. At least here we have insulation in our houses, double pane windows, and the planes are higher! I'm not bothered by them here, and rather enjoy watching them come and go. Once Joe knows my approximate arrival time, he watches for the plane and then heads to the airport to pick me up.

Sound travels further in cold weather so maybe that's why they seem more bothersome at the moment. Once our trees grow up, they'll absorb some of the sound, at least during the summer when they have leaves.
 
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doug
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by doug on January 11th, 2011

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Personally, I find the current sights & sounds of the planes unremarkable.


Same here.

I find the Metro rail horn to be a greater source of noise pollution, albeit a necessary one. After all, we do live in a CITY!
 
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SleeperService
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by SleeperService on January 11th, 2011

Can't say I really notice the noise... every now and again I hear it -- but its not often..

Cheers
Ezra.
 
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Brandon Kraft
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by Brandon Kraft on January 11th, 2011

Agreed that it varies quite a bit. At times, we can hear it inside with the TV on (at a relative low volume, granted) and other times, not at all.

Personally, it reminds me that we live on an former airport...makes me feel connected to the transportation history of the location.

Although, I should note that I grew up in a medium city that hosts an air force base that trained pilots. It was pretty common to have sonic booms once or twice a day and the sound of jets were 24/7, so nothing seems bothersome comparatively.

BK
 
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Kevin McGillicuddy
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by Kevin McGillicuddy on January 12th, 2011

We lived near 45th St. and Red River in the late 70's, and the combination of a plane overhead and train passing by was awe-inspiring.
 
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Are we directly in the flight path for Bergstrom Airport?
by ruachzeeb on January 13th, 2011

I was on the steering committee of CARE back in the late 80s and early 90s, the activist group trying to get Mueller Airport shut down. I now live here at Mueller. I also lived directly in the flight path in those days and could see people's faces in the plane windows before they landed. FYI, the noise now doesn't compare. We tried to persuade the city to move the airport to Manor rather than Bergstrom because it would be cheaper, require few number of condemned schools, churches, businesses, and homes--and, if the airport was built at Bergstrom--the flight path would still take the planes over east Austin. Now, here we are. Sometimes when I hear a plane flying over, especially when the wind is out of the north and the planes are taking off over us, I visualize Daryl Slusher, Louise Epstein, and Max Nofsiger--the three primary proponents of the Bergstrom site--sitting in the City Council Chamber insisting that Bergstrom is the right choice. While I enjoy the convenience of Bergstrom, I still think Manor would have been the better option. East Austin continues to be a lower priority for the city, just as it has been for 80 years. --Sid Hall
 
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